Tuesday, 31 May 2011

R.I.P. Mr Cuckoo.

The problem with installing large plate-glass windows (as everyone knows) is that birds occasionally fly into them. This morning we discovered TWO.

The little Cirl Bunting (above) lived to tell the tale. He sat quietly recovering on my hand for about five minutes, before eventually flying off. Just enough time for Lady M to take this photo.

This young Cuckoo, however, was not so lucky. His demise came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Strangely, he flew into one side of a large sliding window; the other half of which was open. Quite why either he or the Bunting wanted to inspect the interior of my 'tower', I don't know. Maybe they'd read about it somewhere.

It's sad to lose any birds in this way, but to lose a young Cuckoo seems particularly so.
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18 comments:

  1. On the positive side, my oldest son, daughter in law, and two grandsons, all turned up yesterday. What a shock; I almost spilled my wine!

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  2. Hello:
    Your picture of the dead cuckoo has made us feel very sad. But these things do, as you say, happen.

    But what fun to have the unexpected arrival of your family yesterday.

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  3. A green woodpecker once smashed into our window and knocked himself out. Luckily he eventually came round and flew away. We now have a stuffed goose sitting at the window to deter the birds.

    You must have been so thrilled and surprised when your family arrived. Lucky you!

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  4. I have never seen a cuckoo - heard them a lot though
    Sue

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  5. My sister had the same problem, until she stuck a simple sticker of a hawk-shape in the middle of the glass. This seems to do two things - it shows the bird where the glass is and it acts as a universal warning sign for birds. They look terrible, but they do work it seems.

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  6. HI Cro, this often happens with our glass doors also,at the moment we have a white powder mark from some poor birds feathers but gladly it survived...how lovely for the family to surprise you they are so precious.Carole...you guessed it could not leave a comment without using annon.

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  7. Poor birdie. We have a deranged chickadee who sits in the maple tree outside our living room windown and tries repeatedly to get through the glass. Over and over. We finally came to the conclusion that it can see the reflection of the maple in the glass and thinks it is free airspace. Yesterday we had a female cardinal sitting on the window ledge and fluttering her wings aganst the glass. Nutty birds.
    How nice that family came to visit. Glad you didn't spill your wine.

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  8. I, myself have run into sliding glass windows at times, usually with a glass of wine in my hand.

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  9. SO AC M. That's another whole bag of worms!

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  10. We had a little swallow crash into the back of the house yesterday. Sadly didn't survive to tell the tale to his fellow birds.

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  11. Oh dear J. Seems like it's a world-wide problem!

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  12. I hate when this happens. We are always having bird fly into the glass on the French doors at the back of the house.

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  13. Hi Cro, have downloaded Google Chrome and now testing...

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  14. Now THAT worked thank you ....

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  15. How odd that you should have two kamikaze birds crash land in one morning. You'll have to stop sellotaping budgie seed to the inside of the windows ;) Sad about the cuckoo - I don't think I've ever seen one - although I've hear them regularly. Nice surprise re your family arriving -have fun - and don't spill too much wine!

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  16. Love the photo of the little Cirl Bunting nestling on your hand. Glad that the little one survived. Have a brilliant time with your family, Cro. Would love to see more photos of Ollie and Harvey J - bet they haven't half grown!

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  17. Oh no, such a shame! It always hurts to see that. Poor bird. Glad the other could make it!

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